Valkyrie[val kir′ē, val′ki rē]
Origin of ValkyrieOld Norse valkyrja, literally , chooser of the slain ; from valr, those slain (see Valhalla) + kjōsa, to choose
Origin of ValkyrieOld Norse Valkyrja; see wel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
From Old Norse valkyrja (“chooser of the slain”, singular), plural valkyrjur (plural), either from Germanic roots equivalent to, or formed in Norse from, the elements valr (“the slain”) + kjósa (“to choose”). Cognate to Old English wælcyrge. First attested in English as a proper noun (Valkyries) in the 1770s; attested as a common noun (valkyries) since the 1880s.
- Alternative spelling of valkyrie.
The proper noun Valkyries was attested before the common noun valkyries. See the entry valkyrie for more.